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Homework Help: physics

Posted by jack on Monday, April 6, 2009 at 11:36am.

A projectile of mass m moves to the right with a speed vi. The projectile strikes and sticks to the end of a stationary rod of mass M, of length d, that is pivoted about a frictionless axle through its center.

(a) Find the angular speed of the system right after the collision. (Use v_i for vi, m, M, and d as appropriate in your equation.)
(b) Determine the fractional loss in mechanical energy due to the collision. (Use v_i for vi, m, M, and d as appropriate in your equation.)
fractional loss of energy


I got part a correct and it's (12mv_i^2)/((m+M)d^2)
For part b is it just the final kinetic energy over the initial kinetic energy? If so, why do I keep getting the same answer as part a?

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